If you’re of the kind that likes champagne or sparkly wine, there is a very small and intimate champagne-bar (or, sekt-bar that everyone who has been here long enough to forge that that’s not an English word says) that’s worth a visit. Good champagne and nice hosts -as well as a strangely good BLUE champagne coctail. It’s called Szigeti. Only bad thing about it is that it’s a smoking bar.
Happy customers? 😀 Just in case you’re wondering, the German word for mobile phone is ‘Handy.’ so whenever you talk to German speaking people, they get royally confused anytime you use the word in the right context. Like saying that a mobile phone is pretty handy to have… that just totally throws them off.
To combat dogshit, the city of Vienna gives away free doggy bags to everyone by filling up these dispensers that can be found all over the city. Can’t say that it is perfect as people still neglect to pick up the shit from their dogs, but one does hope that it at least makes some impact. The bags are of good quality, just so you know!
I’ve noticed lately that when I upload straight from my phone, the picture does not fill the screen and it becomes blurry and lower quality… which is a shame. So, I’m now posting one day in advance, so that I can get to my computer at night to upload. That way you don’t have to put up with empty spaces and blurry shots. 🙂
Kirtag, or ‘Church-days’ are usually connected to a church or parish, and is basically a street fair. I really like them. They happen throughout summer, with quite a few of them happening in the late summer, when the young wine (Sturm) is ready. This is a picture of the ride that’s put up by Stefansdom (Steffl) for the Kirtage there.
According to the internet:
The Art Nouveaum, Anker clock , designed in 1911 by the painter and sculptor Franz von Matsch, connects two buildings in what is thought to be Vienna’s oldest Square, Hoher Markt.
The clock shows the time by historical figures that move across the clock face. Every hour a different historical figure passes by. Each of the twelve figures have a roman number on their head indicating the hour, while the minutes are shown by an arrow above the figures that point to the minutes on the clock face.
It is best to see this clock at noon as all twelve figures are paraded, accompanied by music.
This little building with the cafe sign I found in a backyard in rural Vienna… Not sure if it actually belongs to an old cafe or not but in any case I suppose its glory days are long since over! 🙂 I still like the scene. Should have managed to get a clearer shot… hmmmm. Still not totally mastering the S4 it seems…!
These old gas bells (the big brick thing) have now been transformed into a fairly huge apartment complex called Gasometer. It’s housing a fair amount of modern apartments, and a shopping mall, and an entertainment complex. I go there sometimes for the gym. And for large concerts… it’s got one of the biggest concert venues in Vienna. 🙂
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So. I guess prostitution is de-criminalised here. But still no one really wants to advertise hard out that they’re running brothels… this one is quite obvious, seeing as they’ve got ‘new girls.’ And the red light. It’s kinda like Amsterdam.. but the flourescent lightbulb version ofit. So, if you’re visiting and you feel like having a drink one very late night, steer clear of the bars that have red lights in their windows. Or above the door. Simply because drinks will be horribly expensive in a brothel bar. If girls are what you’re after though, they’d be clear beacons to light your way. In a very warehouse kind of way.
Trying to find your way out of Apollo cinema is complicated enough, but when you can manage to find your way to the toilet and back to the foyer, or indeed just back to the foyer, you’ve really advanced to pro level. This cinema is designed to make you walk a lot, and to never end up where you started. Mostly it’s a German cinema, so not many original versions. But if you want to try out German dubbing this is not a bad theatre. comfortable seats, great sound system (some theatres have shakers too) and big screen with HD. And it kinda looks cool too. 🙂
I found out today that one of the cheapie supermarkets actually gives discounts to those less fortunate social groups (like me who is a student) on Wednesdays. How nice is that! I went in there today to get some Avocados, but unfortunately they only had really really awesome looking ones that were from too far away. (I’m a distance-conscious buyer). But this is great! So if you’re in a bit of a pinch, Zielpunkt will make your Eurocents stretch just a little bit further. 🙂 They have totally ok stuff in there. So don’t be deterred by the label ‘cheap.’
I got a new phone over the weekend, that will be my new partner in crime. Well, not my only partner in crime… it’s not possible to turn of the camera shutter sound on it, so I’m not sure I dare to use it for taking photos of ‘people.’ But for panoramas (I was curious as my old phone does the stitching really poorly and gives a really poor file size/quality) it is actually not too bad! (click on the image to scrutinise).
So say hello to Samsung Galaxy S4 – new addition to my range of devices with which to take photos! 🙂
Some days, you are simply just hungrier than other days. and at such occasions, a Steltze could be a good meal option! Don’t think it is predominantly Austrian, but here there is a HUGE beergarden, Schweizerhaus, where they have really awesome Stelze. You pay per kilo of meat that you eat… it costs €16,90 per kilo which is really not too bad. Especially when you share. Going to Schweizerhaus to eat Stelze and drink beer is something of an institution in itself here in Vienna. 🙂
Pani Bär is undoubtedly the place where you can get the best horse meat dish in town. If you really like horse (in a culinary sense) or you’re curious, I’d recommend a trip to Milennium city to try it out (dish nr. 19). If you think it’s awful to eat horse, then please don’t go out there to complain… I really love this dish! 😉
It’s rumbling and lighting up a lot these past few days, and today I could see this one rolling in over Vienna from my office window. I’ve gotta admit that I felt a bit like an idiot when I took this photo, standing on the top of a hill overlooking Vienna, right by a metal fence, on the highest terrace… with my hands up in the air and a mobile phone. Well, THIS time I didn’t get hit by lightning. 😀
On the weekends, no cars are allowed to drive into prater. The area is for buses only, and pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, runners, dogs etc. No cars. Sometimes, they place several police cars in intersections, and round up all the cars that come past. Here you can see them in action in the intersection at Hauptallee and Stadion. 🙂
the house was built between 1983 and 1985 according to the ideas and concepts of Hundertwasser with architect Univ.-Prof. Joseph Krawina as a co-author and architect Peter Pelikan as a planner. It features undulating floors (“an uneven floor is a divine melody to the feet”), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. Hundertwasser took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place.
Within the house there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes. The Hundertwasser House is one of Vienna’s most visited buildings and has become part of Austria’s cultural heritage.